Lorena Wiebes beats Marianne Vos and Amy Pieters to become Dutch national champion
Jun 30 2019 01:18 am CET

Lorena Wiebes beats Marianne Vos and Amy Pieters to become Dutch national champion
Lorena Wiebes beats Marianne Vos and Amy Pieters to become Dutch national champion
Photo of Lorena Wiebes by Parkhotel Valkenburg Cycling Team

Lorena Wiebes has become the national champion of the Netherlands for the first time in her career. The rider of Parkhotel Valkenburg sprinted to victory in the road race of the championships.

The road race was 126 kilometres long -which were divided in five laps of 25.2 kilometres through Ede, Bennekom and Wageningen. The first attacks of the day came from Kristie van Haaften and Marieke Witzenburg but the riders were reeled back in by the peloton, soon a new attack was formed by a strong group that included the 2018 national champion Chantal Blaak and Ellen van Dijk.

This group was caught with eleven kilometres to go and soon after Annemiek van Vleuten made a move and was followed by Marianne Vos, Anna van der Breggen, Blaak, Lucinda Brand and Lorena Wiebes, among others. At five kilometres from the end, Brand launched an attack and created a good gap with the rest.

Behind her, Van Dijk set a high rhythm that caused Brand to be caught close to the last kilometre mark. The very reduced group arrived compact to the last kilometres and Wiebes was the best sprinter, taking as such her first national title, Vos and Amy Pieters completed the final podium of the competition.

This result comes in a good season for Wiebes in which she has taken victories in races like the Danilith Nolere Koerse voor Dames, the Spar Flanders Diamond Tour and the road race of the European Games of Minsk. So far in 2019, she has also taken stage wins in the Tour of Chongming Island and the Tour de Yorkshire.
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